Ben Wilkinson is a partner in the Firm's Banking Practice in London. Ben's experience includes advising investment banks and private credit funds in relation to cross-border acquisition finance transactions, in particular those with complex capital structures. Ben regularly advises lenders, borrowers and financial advisors in connection with the debt financing of acquisitions of public companies. Ben also acts for a variety of lender syndicates, steering committees, sponsors and companies in relation to various restructuring matters.
Ben has spent extended periods on secondment at Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs in their leveraged finance teams, as well as a secondment to the legal team at Goldman Sachs and a period in the Firm's New York office. Ben is recognised as a key individual for acquisition finance in Legal 500 UK, 2020.
Acting for the Mandated Lead Arrangers / Original Lenders in connection with the debt financing of the acquisition of Zentiva, Sanofi's European generic pharmaceuticals business, by Advent International Corporation. The debt financing included a senior facility including a €680 million Facility B tranche, a £175 million Facility B tranche and a €125 million revolving credit facility, as well as a €275 million second lien facility.
Acting for global coordinator Deutsche Bank and bookrunners Commerzbank and Unicredit in connection with the refinancing of Minimax Viking's financing arrangements.
Acting for Wind Tre on a new 2017 €3.4 billion senior facilities agreement in a combined bank bond financing for a total amount in excess of 10 billion euros, the bond issuance being the largest single issuance ever of euros by a single borrower.
Acting for the mandated lead arrangers Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas, Rabobank, ING and ABN Amro, in connection with a €515 million recapitalisation of the take-private acquisition by vehicles controlled by Advent International Corporation of shares in Mediq N.V. (now known as Mediq B.V.), a Dutch-listed international provider of medical devices and pharmaceuticals, by way of an amendment and restatement of a senior facilities agreement.
Acting for Bookrunners and Mandated Lead Arrangers in connection with the €115 million refinancing of LINPAC's existing debt to repay all indebtedness to GE and Lloyds through entry into a new Facilities Agreement with Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A. and other lenders, and (i) to pay the trustees of certain pension schemes of the group; (ii) to finance a distribution to the shareholders of LINPAC; and (iii) for general corporate purposes.
Acting for Seplat Petroleum Development Company PLC, a Nigerian oil & gas business listed on the Nigerian and London Stock Exchanges, on its £382 million recommended cash offer for Eland Oil & Gas PLC, an AIM listed company with oil & gas assets in Nigeria, to be implemented by means of a scheme of arrangement.
Acting for Rabobank as agent and ABN Amro Bank, BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, ING Bank, Rabobank and Société Générale as joint arrangers and lenders in connection with an amendment to, and increase of, the €75 million super senior revolving credit facility for the Refresco Group, in connection with the acquisition of the Pride Foods group.
Acting for Deutsche Bank AG, as sole global coordinator and Deutsche Bank AG, Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft, Unicredit Bank AG and HSBC Bank PLC as arrangers in connection with the refinancing and recapitalisation of Minimax by way of senior secured facilities comprising of €315 million and US$422 million TLB, €141.5 million guarantee facility and €40 million revolving facility.
Acting for a coordinating committee of banks on the AED 2.8 billion financial restructuring of Tabreed, an Abu Dhabi-based district cooling company with operations across the Middle East.
Acting for the lead arrangers and lenders in connection with the acquisition of House of Creed, a multi-national perfume company, by BlackRock’s Long Term Private Capital (LTPC). The debt financing consisted of a €250 million TLB facility and a €60 million revolving credit facility.